Black Philanthropy Initiative

Launched in 2007, the Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI) serves as a model for rethinking philanthropy in Forsyth County’s black community.  Through engagement and encouragement, BPI educates people to utilize their philanthropic strengths of time, talent, and treasure to impact meaningful change and address identified needs in the black community.

Leadership

The Black Philanthropy Initiative is led by a group of community volunteers who acknowledge the traditions of sharing in the black community and seek to expand charitable giving through education and impact.

advisory committee
  • Roger Hyman
    Chair
  • Melvin Scales
    Vice Chair
  • Michael Frye
    Secretary
  • Leroy Davis
    Treasurer
  • Takeisha Redd
    Chair, Governance
  • Nicole Gentles
    Chair, Marketing
  • Mae Rodney
    Chair, Resource Development
  • Artina Dawkins
    Member-at-Large
  • Robin Barksdale Ervin
  • Shawan Gabriel
  • Robert Leak, III
  • Leslie Sadler
  • Corlis Sellers-Drummond
  • Gregory Turner
  • Carrie Woods

Grants

BPI’s grantmaking has a primary focus of Advancing Racial Equity in Education and seeks to support proposals that address outcome gaps in the education-to-career continuum within the following focus areas: post-secondary education pathways; talent & workforce development; career advancement; and economic security & mobility.

BPI’s 2019 grant cycle is now closed. Its next grant cycle will open in April 2020.

BPI’s Recent Report: Rethinking Philanthropy

Rethinking Philanthropy:  An Exploration of Black Communities in Forsyth County was published by BPI in 2018. This report draws attention to black history in Forsyth County and its direct influence on systemic issues and inequities still prevalent in our community today.

HOW TO Get Involved

Volunteer

The Black Philanthropy Initiative would not be able to do its work without the involvement of active volunteers who serve on committees. Volunteers are invited to become involved on a BPI subcommittee including Board Development and Governance, Events and Marketing, Grants, or Resource Development. Email Shamika Starke to get engaged.

Donate

Gifts to the Black Philanthropy Fund support grantmaking to organizations that address racial equity in education in Forsyth County.

Gifts to the Black Philanthropy Initiative Endowment will support BPI's efforts in perpetuity—to further support, educate, and engage the greater community in cultivating philanthropic solutions to address identified needs in the black community.

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For more information
Andrea Hulighan
Director, Strategic Initiatives
ahulighan@wsfoundation.org
(336) 714-3467
Shamika Starke
Manager, Strategic Initatives
sstarke@wsfoundation.org
(336) 714-3453
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